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Unread 03-27-2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Nothing bigger than a bean! Help please

Almost very comp we go to has either pinto beans or chili as jackpot Categeories. I saw on here a while back someone posted a little contraption that makes a fine dice of onion. I have tried to the large peices to easily pick them out for the judging cup, but I would love to be able to just scoop it up and just put it in the cup and close the lid. I currently chop my onions by hand and sometimes still get a little chunk larger than I like. Although we have never been dq'd from beans, I would love to not have to sift. Any suggestions or links would be appreciated.
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use onion granules or better knife skills.
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A food processor works well.

I have never done it for beans, but I will run my salsa through a food grinder when making large batches. That may give you the results you want as well
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That's him! Now how well does it work? I used to be the bartender at Chilis and eventually became the kitchen manager due to my love for cooking I would love to have one if the big dicers from wasserstrom and have no problem paying that much for em, but they are bulky and not logical to keep in our already full overhead cabinets of the Motorhome for comps. A quick chop at home is acceptable but not for comps when $$$ is up for grabs. I will take the convenience of a contraption over knife skills any day. I have a large cuisinart food processor but I hate getting it out and really hate cleaning that monster
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Is that the world famous Ronco Diceamatic?
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It is the Vandalia chop wizard!
first thing I get out when making chili.

If you watch ebay you can generally find a two for one sale.
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The Vidalia Chop Wizard website appears to still be selling these machines.
https://www.chopwizard.com/

Price? You guessed it - $19.95 + S&H.
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The Chop Wizard might give you uniform width cuts but not length. If you watch the video in the link tnjimbob posted you will see it. I am a fan of the food processor for jobs like this. If you don't want to lug your big one out here is a mini that should do the job.


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The Vidalia Chop Wizard website appears to still be selling these machines.
https://www.chopwizard.com/

Price? You guessed it - $19.95 + S&H.
That looks really similar to the progressive onion chopper. As of right now, I'm leaning towards "the alligator" based on comparison of reviews on amazon and YouTube. I'm gonna pull the trigger Friday, so many choices lol



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What about one of these? I use it all the time at home.



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I had a slap chop like that a while back till somehow it got stolen. Worked good for garlic.
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I throw my onions, jalapenos, garlic cloves, rotel tomatoes etc in a blender at the house. Then pour it in a container and take with me to the cookoff. Dump in with beans and other seasonings and your good to go. Keep it simple.
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Bed Bath and Beyond calls this a "Progressive Onion Chopper" and can be purchased for $15.00. With a 20% off coupon that makes it a deal.
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I throw my onions, jalapenos, garlic cloves, rotel tomatoes etc in a blender at the house. Then pour it in a container and take with me to the cookoff. Dump in with beans and other seasonings and your good to go. Keep it simple.
That sounds like a idea, I just don't want the beans to be grainy everything being all blended up. I usually go for a thinner broth, kinda like a bean soup.
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